I&D+I Projects

Phy2SUDOE - Demonstration of improvements in soil biodiversity, functionality, and environmental services of contaminated sites and/or degraded under phytotechnologies intervention within the Interreg SUDOE region.


Phyto-management is a phytotechnology, arising from phytoremediation, based on the use of plants (trees, shrubs, herbaceous) to control the risk associated with the presence of contaminants in degraded sites.


Phy2SUDOE aims to value contaminated sites with metals-metalloids and / or organic compounds, in the SUDOE region, using phyto-management strategies aimed at the generation of ecosystem products and services in these sites, while minimizing the environmental impact of pollutants. Likewise, this project aims to implement strategies for the conservation of typical endemic biodiversity of some contaminated sites (e.g., metallurgical flora, plant growth-promoting bacteria, etc.) due to their intrinsic and utilitarian value (e.g., biotechnological applications).

Phy2SUDOE is a continuation of the PhytoSUDOE project in which a network of sites was formed, mainly contaminated with metal-metalloids, phyto-managed in the SUDOE region.

Phy2SUDOE intends to:
(i) consolidate the network formed in the previous project;
(ii) expand the network of sites with new contamination cases (soils contaminated with organic compounds or with mixed contamination) and innovative phyto-management strategies based on the mixture of plant species;
(iii) promote the conservation of endemic biodiversity in some sites that host biota of conservation and biotechnological interest, while promoting biodiversity through the implementation of phyto-management strategies.

A novel aspect of Phy2SUDOE is the presence of very diverse types of partners: in addition to universities and R&D centers, companies, administrations and site managers are also participating, which favors the link between the creation of solutions and the following management strategies.


Phytotechnologies, Bioremediation, Contaminated Soils, Degraded Soils, Mining Exploration


NEIKER-Instituto Vasco de Investigación y Desarrollo Agrario, S.A., NEIKER (Spain); Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, IIAG-CSIC (Spain); Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, USC (Spain);Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, UPV/EHU (Spain); Centro de Estudios Ambientales de Vitoria-Gasteiz, CEA (Spain); Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement, INRAE (France); Département de la Charente (France); Fertil’Innov Environnement (France); Universidade Católica Portuguesa, UCP-CRP (Portugal); CloverStrategy Lda (Portugal).

Financing ProgramExecution DateGlobal Budget
INTERREG SUDOE2020-2023838.424,25 €
Paula Castroplcastro@ucp.pt+351 22 558 0097


The project Phy2SUDOE (SOE4/P5/E1021) is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (European Commission) through the V Interreg Sudoe Programme.